If I had a bottle of essential oil that was labeled "not for use internally", I would be just as hesitant to put it on my skin as I would be to take it internally.
The wonderful thing about essential oils is that they are "bioavailable" to the body. When you put an essential oil on your skin, it quickly absorbs into the cell membranes, because the oils are lipid soluble and the cell membranes are phospholipids. The compounds in the oils will also move into the capillaries and will be in every cell in the body within 3-20 minutes.
Can you get more "internal" than that?
If I actually had a question about safety, taking it internally might actually be safer - because at least I have the liver as a filter before it gets to my bloodstream.
If it's good enough to put on your skin, it should be good enough to take internally.
I believe that if an oil is grown, distilled and stored properly, then it will never harm the body. Ever!
Can oils cause pain if administered in the wrong place? Yes. If you apply essential oils to the eyes or the ears, or other sensitive areas, there is pain. But that is not because it is damaging to the tissue. It is only because there are so many nerve endings in these areas, that the absorption is too intense. There is no damage being done!
Oils bring oxygen and nutrition into the cells, and move toxins and chemicals out of the cells. If there is a lot of toxicity present in the cells, the body may experience some unpleasant reactions, but these are not damaging - they are cleansing.
Oils and Cleansing
Can oils cause the body to cleanse too quickly? Yes. And this can cause all sorts of symptoms, such as rashes, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Anyone familiar with alternative medicine is aware of these cleansing symptoms, and knows that they are acute, and not long-term. In this way, essential oils need to be used wisely, in order for the process to be handled in the right way. But a cleanse is not damaging to the body. Downright uncomfortable and miserable - yes - but not damaging. With the right application, the process can be slowed down and not be uncomfortable.
The reason essential oils are not damaging to the body is because the compounds in the oil are natural molecules that the body recognizes, and if they are in the body in excess, the body can eliminate them through the normal elimination systems of the body. This is opposed to a pharmaceutical drug that the body has no idea what to do with; hence it gets stored in fat cells, eventually, because it is least benign in that area. A pharmaceutical can also cause the liver to overload, which causes all sorts of problems in the body. But this is a completely different reaction than what happens in a cleanse.
Harmful to the Body or Nutritional and Supportive?
I disagree with any statement that says that a quality essential oil is going to be harmful to the body - even in large amounts. Can they be wasted? Yes. Are large amounts in most cases unnecessary because of the potency of the oils? Yes. But I don't agree that it is unwise to take it in large amounts because it is dangerous. I believe essential oils have an innate intelligence because they are the living essence of the plant, and that living essence comes with the essential oil. They have been created to support and bless. There are only a few plants whose essential oil is harmful - poison ivy, poison oak and sumac. The rest have a range of wonderful supportive and nutritional properties for our bodies.
I am very grateful for essential oils!
Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade essential oils and supplements. Also, each person is different so you may not get the same results that others have. If this is the case for you, try another Young Living oil or supplement that might work better for your circumstances. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products mentioned in this blog are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.